Pain Awareness Month & Massage Therapy

Consider the Health Benefits of Massage Therapy during Pain Awareness Month

Pain is a major public health concern, affecting approximately 100 million Americans.

Massage therapy is commonly used among people seeking pain management and research has generally supported its use. Now there is a published, rigorous review of the available research and evidence for its efficacy for people with various types of pain.

Massage Therapy for Pain Management

Based on the evidence, massage therapy, compared to no treatment, should be strongly recommended as a pain management option. Massage therapy is conditionally recommended for reducing pain, compared to other sham or active comparators, and improving mood and health-related quality of life, compared to other active comparators. Read the full Research Roundup »

Massage Therapy for Pain & Anxiety in Cancer Patients

Based on the evidence, massage therapy shows promise for reducing pain intensity/severity, fatigue, and anxiety in cancer populations compared to the active comparators evaluated in a new systematic review. Read the full Research Roundup »

Related: Cancer and Massage Therapy: Essential Contraindications | 2.5 Credit Hours

Massage Therapy for Surgical Pain

Massage therapy can be effective for reducing pain intensity/severity and anxiety in patients undergoing surgical procedures. The study concludes that patients should consider massage therapy as a therapeutic option to help manage their pain and anxiety from surgical procedures. Read the full Research Roundup »

Related: Massage Therapy for Post-operative Pain | 2.5 Credit Hours

About the Study

This systematic review and meta-analysis is the first to rigorously assess the quality of massage therapy research and evidence for its efficacy and effectiveness in treating pain, function-related and health-related quality of life outcomes for people with various types of surgical pain and anxiety. The collaborative meta-analysis of research on massage therapy for pain was conducted by Samueli Institute and commissioned by the Massage Therapy Foundation, with support from the American Massage Therapy Association.

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